Nov. 22, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The Navy water polo team was recognized by the Collegiate Water Polo Association on Friday with two major award winners and three members on the All-South First Team. Coach Mladen Stanicic was named the CWPA South Coach of the Year, while sophomore Carl Dowzicky was honored as the conferences' South Division Player of the Year.
Sophomores Garrett Sabesky and Robert Sutherland joined Dowzicky as members of the CWPA South First Team.
Stanicic earned the Coach of the Year nod after taking over the Midshipmen mid-year on an interim basis and leading the squad on an eight-game winning streak on its way to the CWPA Southern Division Championship. On the year, Navy is 17-14 overall and 9-5 since Sept. 26 when Stanicic was elevated to the head coach position.
Dowzicky (Collegeville, Pa.) was recognized as the CWPA South Player of the Year after leading the Mids with 65 points and 52 total goals. A complete player on both ends of the pool, the sophomore has accumulated 28 steals in 28 games. He is the first Navy player to earn this honor since Conor Handley was named in 2011. Eight times, a Midshipmen has been selected as the CWPA South Player of the Year.
Sabesky (Lakeside, Calif.) and Sutherland (Denton, Texas) earned First Team nods for their strong performances at the goalie and center positions for Navy. Sabesky, a first-year goalie, was a standout for the Midshipmen down the stretch of their schedule as he was named CWPA South Defensive Player of the Week twice and to the Defensive Honor Roll once over the final three weeks. The sophomore has appeared in 25 games and made 234 saves for a .517 save percentage, while registering a team-high 38 steals. Sutherland has appeared in a team-high 29 games and scored the second-most points and goals on the squad with totals of 62 and 46, respectively.
The last time Navy had three players selected to the CWPA South First Team was in 2009 when Luke Baldwin
, Brett Rajchel
and Kyle Wertz
The Mids will be in action at the CWPA Championship this afternoon in quarterfinal action versus the winner of (7) Mercyhurst and (10) MIT matchup at 4:40 p.m.